Cast

Renée Taylor

(Performer, Co-Writer). With Joseph Bologna, Renée collaborated on 22 plays, four films, and nine TV movies and series.  They appeared together on Broadway in their plays Lovers and Other Strangers (1968), It Had to Be You (1981), and If you ever leave me … I’m going with you! (2001); and Off-Broadway in Bermuda Avenue Triangle (Promenade Theatre, 1997). For film, they received an Academy Award nomination for the 1970 film adaptation of Lovers and Other Strangers. The following year, they co-wrote and co-starred in Made for Each Other (Writers Guild of America Award nomination for Best Comedy). Renée and Joe co-directed, co-wrote, and co-starred in the 1989 film adaptation of It Had to Be You, and the 1996 film Love Is All There Is (which introduced a young Angelina Jolie). For television, the couple won Emmy Awards in 1973 for writing “Acts of Love and Other Comedies,” and were nominated once again the following year for writing the TV movie “Paradise.” They co-directed, co-wrote, and co-starred in the 1984 HBO movie “Bedrooms” (Writers Guild Award). Renée made her professional stage debut at 15 in a Purim Pageant at Madison Square Garden, and earned her Actors Equity card at age 19 for appearing in The Rehearsal at The President Theatre. Her other stage credits include: Nora and Delia Ephron’s Love, Loss, and What I Wore; Agatha Sue, I Love You (directed by George Abbott); Luv (directed by Mike Nichols); and Elaine May’s 1964 improvisational revue The Third Ear.  Her many film credits also include: Jerry Lewis’ The Errand Boy, Mel Brooks’ The Producers, Elaine May’s A New Leaf, Neil Simon’s Last of the Red Hot Lovers, Lovesick, White Palace, Life During Wartime, Tyler Perry’s Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor, and more recently, The Do-Over and How To Be a Latin Lover. Known for her Emmy nominated role of Sylvia Fine in “The Nanny,” Renée’s other notable TV acting credits include “Daddy Dearest” and the groundbreaking HBO sitcom “Dream On” (she has the distinction of appearing on these three television shows simultaneously).  More recently she has had recurring roles in “How I Met Your Mother,” “Bob’s Burgers,” and “Happily Divorced.”

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Joseph Bologna

(Co-Writer, Original Direction) was born in Brooklyn, NY on December 30, 1934.  Bologna graduated from Brown University with a degree in art history.  Following a tour with the U.S. Marines, Joe started directing short films and writing special comedy material. Bologna made his Broadway debut as the co-star and co-author of Lovers and Other Strangers, and he made his film debut as the co-star and co-author of Made for Each Other.  His other film credits include Cops and Robbers, Mixed Company, The Big Bus, Chapter Two, My Favorite Year, Blame It on Rio, The Woman in Red, Love Is All There Is and Big Daddy. His television credits include the Emmy-winning television special “Acts of Love and Other Comedies” (co-written with Ms. Taylor), and the made for TV films “Honor Thy Father;” “Paradise;” “What’s New, Catherine Cutis?;” “Torn Between Two Lovers;” and “One Cooks, the Other Doesn't;” among others. An Academy Award nominated and Emmy Award winning playwright and screenwriter, Joe, with Renée Taylor, his wife and partner of 52 years, collaborated on 22 plays, four film screenplays, and nine TV movies and series.

 

Harry Feiner

(Scenic Design) designs scenery and lighting for theatre, opera and dance. Off-Broadway, LORT and regional productions include designs for: Cherry Lane Theatre, Peccadillo Theatre Company, Directors Company, The Mint, Pearl Theatre, Two River, Missouri Repertory Theatre, Virginia Stage, A Red Orchid Theatre, Premier Stages, Working Theatre, Ensemble Theatre, Peoples’ Light & Theatre Company, Olney, Studio Arena, Pittsburgh Public Theatre, McCarter, Capital Rep, Delaware Theatre Company, GEVA, George Street Playhouse, Syracuse Stage, Theatre Virginia, Philadelphia Drama Guild, Pennsylvania Stage Company, New Jersey Rep,  & Actors’ Studio.  He has designed for Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, Colorado, Alabama, and North Carolina Shakespeare Festivals. Dance designs include Rioult Dance, Viewsonic Dance & North Carolina Dance Theatre. Opera designs for Central City Opera, Boston Lyric, Lake George, Florida State Opera, Pennsylvania Opera Theatre, Syracuse, Chatauqua, Opera Theatre of Pittsburgh, Fort Worth, Orchestra of St. Luke’s and Manhattan School of Music. Mr. Feiner teaches at Queens College, CUNY.

Stephanie Risk

(Lighting Director) graduated from FIU with her B.F.A. in Theatrical Design with a focus on Lighting. Some of the honors she has received include a Broadway World Miami Award (receiving over 46,000 national votes) and a nomination for a Carbonell Award (“Florida's Tony”) for Best Lighting Design in a Musical for Thrill Me!. Her other credits include An Iliad, starring Avi Hoffman, which won New Times' Best Solo Show ‘12-'13 and was deemed one of the Top Ten Most Memorable 2013 South Florida Theatre Productions. She would like to thank Renée Taylor and Lisa Garza for the opportunity to consistently make their stage dreams come true. She would also like to thank Julian, the crew, her mom for her support, and her husband Jay for all of his empowerment and his support.

 

Jay Risk

(Sound Engineer) has over 15 years of audio experience his most recent productions include Renée's recent tour of My Life On a Diet. Jay uses his salary to fund the The Tetralogy of Fallot Foundation, a Non-Profit 501(C)(3) Heart Foundation built for Patients with Congenital Heart Defects which focuses on growing the fields of Adult Congenital Medicine. Jay is published in over 12 indexed medical journals for his research into the 'Long Term Effects and the Congenital Gap' and consistently speaks at the World Cardiology Conference in Rome, Italy.  He would like to thank Renée Taylor for this amazing experience and opportunity. He would love to thank his beautiful wife for her continuous support in everything that he does in his life allowing them to succeed and help others.

Michael Redman

(Projections Designer). A projections and scenic designer, Michael’s credits include - New York: Hairspray (Argyle Theatre at Babylon Village); Across the Park, Seph (Araca Project); Bamboo in Bushwick (Working Theatre); Neighborhood 3: Requisition of Doom (Brooklyn College at Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre); The Woman Who Shed Her Skin (Llama Theatre at Dixon Place/HEREArts). Washington DC: Long Way Down (The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts), Dontrell Who Kissed the Sea (Theatre Alliance, Helen Hayes nom.), Greyspace (Georgetown University). Nashville: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown (Nashville Children’s Theatre); She Kills Monsters, boom. (Actor’s Bridge Ensemble). Assistant Technical Director, Brooklyn College. Training: University of North Alabama.

 

Gary Levinson

(Production Manager). Credits include: Metromaniacs, Government Inspector, School for Scandal, The Changeling (Red Bull); Pipeline Festival 2018, What We’re Up Against (WP Theater); The Pearl Theatre Company (10 seasons), Shakespeare on the Sound (8 seasons), Post Mortem, Mercy on the Doorstep (Flea), Betrothed (Ohio), Lebensraum (Kirk), Moominvalley (Scandinavia House); Other highlights: Matchmaker (Ford’s Theater), Waverly Gallery, Collected Stories, Mrs. Klein; as well as numerous feature films, television, commercials and music videos. Founding partner of Mind The Gap. He also teaches at Marymount Manhattan College.

April Ann Kline

(Production Stage Manager). Favorite NYC credits include: Irish Repertory Theatre (Disco Pigs, Woody Sez), Pearl Theatre Company (A Taste of Honey), Red Bull Theatre (Tis Pity She’s A Whore), Naked Angels Theatre (This Wide Night), Ma-Yi Theatre Company (The Romance of Magno Rubio). Favorite regional credits include Bay Street Theatre (Lend Me A Tenor); Chester Theatre Company (The Retreat from Moscow), Bard Summerscape (The Wild Duck).  Credits also include various shows with the Juilliard School drama program. April is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association. 

 

Leah Michalos / Michalos Management

(General Manager). Recent credits: In the Pocket: Life of a Sideman, Terms of Endearment with Molly Ringwald, Butler, A Better Place, The Road to Damascus, On a Stool at the End of the Bar, Almost Home, Jericho, Murder in the First, Poetic License, The Best of Everything, Bedbugs! The Musical. Producer/Director: Gabby Awards at Carnegie Hall, Ellis Island, and El Capitan Theater (LA). Producing Director of The Directors Company, a non-profit theater company in NYC. www.leahmichalos.com.

 

Produced By

Julian Schlossberg

(Producer). Theatre: Bullets Over Broadway, Relatively Speaking, Sly Fox, Fortune’s Fool, Terms of Endearment, After the Night and the Music, Adult Entertainment, The Unexpected Man, Tommy Tune, Madame Melville, Taller Than a Dwarf, Beauty Queen of Leenane, Power Plays, If Love Were All, Death Defying Acts, Vita and Virginia, etc.  Film: Widow’s Peak, In the Spirit, Bad Girls, No Nukes, Ten From Your Show of Shows.  Television: “Mike Nichols – American Masters” (PBS), “Nichols and May” (PBS), “Elia Kazan:  A Director’s Journey” (AMC), Claire Bloom’s “Shakespeare’s Women” (Bravo), “Lives of Lillian Hellman” (PBS).  He is currently producing a fourteen hour series, “Witnesses to the 20th Century.” Mr. Schlossberg worked with Ms. Taylor when he presented It Had to Be You on Broadway in 1981.

 

Morris S. Levy

(Producer). Film: Affluenza, Seduced and Abandoned, A Novel Romance, Harold, Imagine a School...Summerhill, Descent, The Ten, Kiss Me Again, Juvie, Little Black Dress. Television: “Cop Show.” He is currently producing the film Undefeated about legendary boxer Rocky Marciano.

Rodger Hess

(Producer) has produced on Broadway, Off-Broadway and tours both domestic and foreign. His entertaining book about his career NO BIZ LIKE IT - From Gofer to Producer in Just 57 Years! can be found on Amazon.com.

 

Harold Newman

(Producer). My father was a vaudeville performer in the 1920’s.  I was born with the sounds of Broadway and the great American songbook in my DNA.  I have had success and closings after the first night, and show biz goes on.

Jim Fantaci

(Producer) began his involvement in theater with Julian Schlossberg, co-producing Fortune’s Fool on Broadway over 16 years ago. Since then Jim has invested in or been a co-producer in over 40 additional shows, including the Tony-winning revival of The Color Purple, which he co-produced. He is pleased to be part of My Life On a Diet.

 

Andrew Tobias

(Producer). Lead investor in Nunsense (praise the Lord!), co-producer Buyer and Cellar (praise Michael Urie). Vote Democrat!

Ronald Glazer / Sabrina Hutt

(Producer). Ronald Glazer is the President of S&H Glazer Bros, a wholesale appliance distributor based out of Brooklyn, NY. Glazer oversees the customer acquisition and general operation of the business, and has done so since the 1960s! He has established company growth and has been a stronghold within the appliance industry. Glazer has also endeavored into multiple real estate opportunities in the NY Metro area.